both vs each : Common Errors in English

About both vs each

There are times when it is important to use “each” instead of “both.” Few people will be confused if you say “I gave both of the boys a baseball glove,” meaning “I gave both of the boys baseball gloves” because it is unlikely that two boys would be expected to share one glove; but you risk confusion if you say “I gave both of the boys $50.” It is possible to construe this sentence as meaning that the boys shared the same $50 gift. “I gave each of the boys $50” is clearer.

both Meaning(s)

  • (s) (used with count nouns) two considered together; the two

each Meaning(s)

  • (s) (used of count nouns) every one considered individually
  • (r) to or from every one of two or more (considered individually)

both in News

  1. Sanchez, Smith both have plenty to work on for Jets

    Sanchez, Smith both have plenty to work on for Jets Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 12:08 am, Thursday, June 13, 2013 The New York Jets' quarterback competition is still wide open — with no clear-cut winner in sight. While some would expect Sanchez, going into his fifth ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Albany Times Union

  2. Both Sides Can Agree: America's Top Spy Lied About Data Mining

    Public officials are rarely called liars these days, even when they lie blatantly, but the ideological odd couple of Slate's Fred Kaplan and Charles Cooke of the National Review are both using that word to call out Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for deceiving the public about the extent of the NSA's data gathering. ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

  3. UPDATE: Both Lanes of I-20 Open after 18-Wheeler Carry Frozen Chickens Overturns

    Both lanes of I-20 are back open after an 18-wheeler overturned Tuesday morning.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: NBC 10 - FOX 14 Monroe

each in News

  1. 30 downed dogs each in Pittsburgh earn two a spot at national eating contest

    A man and woman ate 30 hot dogs each at a competition held in Downtown Pittsburgh, qualifying for an international contest next month.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  2. 15-minute walk after each meal may reduce type 2 diabetes risk

    WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- A 15-minute walk after each meal may help older adults regulate blood-sugar levels and may reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes, U.S. researchers say.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: UPI

  3. In Nepal, Exiled Each Month

    Watch In Nepal, Exiled Each Month video online. News and opinion video from The NYTimes including breaking news, investigative reporting, national and international coverage. Style and celebrity video.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: New York Times

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